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battling the heat to reach the second round, Andy Murray said that


the rules need to be looked at. That is in 15 minutes, after The Papers.


Hello. Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me are freelance journalist Samira Shackle and Oliver


Wright, the Whitehall editor of the Independent. Many of the front pages


are in now. We are going to start by looking at The Independent. It is


saying that by analysing census records it has found that there is


evidence that some immigrant groups are practising sex selective


abortions. The Daily Telegraph is leading on George Osborne warning


other EU countries that they must reform economies or face decline.


The Daily Mirror devotes its entire front page to allegations of sexual


offences being faced by three celebrities, Coronation Street's


William Roache amongst them. The much anticipated French President's


press conference takes centre stage on the Guardian's cover, revealing


he had an awful lot to say, but not about his alleged affair. The Daily


Express also leads on those three cases in which celebrities are


facing sexual offence charges. The photographs show the defendants,


Dave Lee Travis, William Roache and Rolf Harris. The Times leads on the


same story, and shows Rolf Harris leaving court. The Daily Mail leads


on that story, calling it an extraordinary day, with three


reputation is at stake. We are going to start with that


story, the front cover of the Daily Mirror. Corrie Ken abused girl in TV


loo, is the headline. We have three different sex assault cases, linked


by one thing, it would seem, celebrity. We know in the two trials


that have started today, that of William Roache and Dave Lee Travis,


the prosecution have made it clear that they believe it is that


celebrity that the defendants used to cover their crimes? Absolutely.


That is a common thread running through that. It is also something


that is being used in the defence, Dave Lee Travis's lawyers saying it


is his fame that is making him a target for these allegations. It is


obviously difficult to say anything much about it, really. But I think


we can be sure that it is going to run and run. Indeed. We have to be


careful in linking the three? The key point here is the timing of


this, it is entirely coincidental. While it is interesting and a good


story for news desks to put these three stories together, and it


sounds very dramatic, it could give the public the impression that


somehow these three are linked. But they are very different allegations.


All of which took place at very different times in history, very


different geographical places, and they are separate places that will


be tried by separate juries and I think that is important. Indeed,


three very, very different investigations. Let's go on the


Independent. Very, very interesting story. The lost girls. Illegal


abortion is apparently, according to the Independent, widely used in some


UK ethnic minority immunities to prevent the birth of daughters? This


is a difficult and uncomfortable subject to report on and


investigate. This is something we have been doing for a number of


weeks. If you are going to run a story like this saying that,


basically, illegal abortions are prevalent within certain ethnic


minority communities, you want to be extremely sure of your facts. That


is what we have done and that is why we have taken... I mean, it is hard,


you can see the story and it looks like it has come yesterday, but in


fact this is a piece of work that has been sometime in the making.


What we did was we used the Office of National Statistics's census data


going from 2011. We looked particularly at second children from


both ethnic minority backgrounds and the general population. What we


found was that there was a statistical very -- variation


between boys and girls born in the event amenities. We show this to


statisticians. What we wanted to say was, is this statistically


significant? They said yes. You can extrapolate from the figures that


somewhere between 1400, and 1700 more boys than girls. That is the


difference between the two taxes, which you should not expect to find.


Is this shocking? Well, I think anybody would expect to find the


abortion of children purely because they are female quite shocking in


itself. I think where we are talking about this issue, you have to


think, it is said of India that there are 60 million missing women,


as a result of female infanticide. When you have something on that


scale, I don't think you can expect it to disappear with immigration.


Obviously it is worth noting that, obviously any is too many, but this


is a small number in the context of the number of immigrants from ethnic


minorities in the UK. But I think you can't really expect those things


to disappear. I don't think that means you shouldn't... That is what


I mean about it being shocking, is it shopping? I think it is shocking,


but I don't think it is entirely unexpected or surprising. What is


pertinent about it is what we have found contradicts what the official


sources say. I suspect that is because of our methodology, that we


looked at second children rather than across the round. I don't think


they did that in their survey. I think this quite strongly makes the


argument that the government needs to look at this again. It is a


matter of huge public policy. Is this going to affect the debate


about whether or not pregnant women should be allowed to know the sex of


their babies before 13 weeks, up to 13 weeks? Of course, later on it is


much more difficult to get an abortion? I think that is the only


way that you can really limit this. It is difficult to enforce a ban on


sex selective abortion, because people could give another reason for


wanting an abortion once they know the gender. I think that debate


needs to reopen. But then you can't really stop people going abroad to


do it, I don't think you can stop people. You can make it more


difficult. I don't see any reason why, if you are going to become a


parent, you'd need to find out the sex of the child at ten or 13 weeks,


why you can't wait longer. Some people choose to wage the whole


time. A really interesting story. Let's go onto the Telegraph. Mr


Osborne is lecturing the EU on reform. The Chancellor says that


Europe must halt decline by backing business and cutting welfare


spending if Britain is to remain part of it. Clearly, he is setting


out his stall and making it clear to backbenchers that we are doing what


we can to reform Europe? George Osborne lecturing the EU. I think it


is another day, another story about Tory leadership pandering to the


Tory right on the Europe. I sort of wonder who in Europe is listening,


particularly saying that British mothership is going to be


conditional on job creation and welfare spending in Europe. I think


it is quite interesting that, since one of the central arguments from


the Tory Right is about British sovereignty, should we be telling


other states what to do if that is the art image? I totally agree. The


headline should say, Osborne playing to his own backbenchers by having


another go at the EU, but that would not fit. The serious point is that I


don't see any good way out of this for Cameron, Osborne ordered Tory


leadership. Despite what they are saying, they are pragmatists. They


realise that Britain, not in the EU, would be a total disaster for the


country and, in particular, business. They are now a locked into


this referendum. There is a sizeable portion of backbenchers that just


want out of there. They are not looking for any contra Mize. Even if


somebody is listening in Brussels, saying, we are going to reform, even


if they did make concessions and made changes that suit the


government, you don't think if they went into a referendum in 2015 or


wherever, with a new set of policies in place, that they would win?


Really? I don't think they'll win the concessions which Cameron's


backbenches believe and want him to win, which are frankly totally


impractical. I think almost intentionally they're so, that the


backbenchers are putting Cameron in such a position that nothing is good


enough, because they don't want to reform the EU. They actually just


want out. Interesting. We'll stick with the Telegraph. Hollande


anticipation, yes, but no satisfaction. This referring to his


press conference this year, where there's a lot of discussions about


his private life. He didn't want to discuss it. No, he doesn't. Would


anyone fault him for that? He wanted to discuss pretty much everything


else. What has amused me about this story is one thing that has come up


quite a lot is the differences it shows between the French political


landscape and the British one. I think it's quite difficult to


imagine British Prime Ministers being accused of having an affair


with a film star and not resigning, and threatening to sue the magazine


who published the allegations and I think it's quite interesting. We


have just brought up the cover there of the main French newspapers and


it's got a little bit at the top. Saying the affair is destabilising


the man. There were lots of muderings from political hacks if


this was Britain if David Cameron had done such a thing he wouldn't


have had such an easy ride. The Prime Ministers don't do press


conferences. I just thought that the sketch is superb here. If Francois


Hollande treats his women the way he treats his press conferences I feel


rather sorry for them! We'll go on to the front page of The Guardian. A


very French affair. I don't understand the papers. "Hollande has


a lot to say, except on one subject." Why should we be surprised


by that? Who wants to talk about their private life? It seems normal.


Normally people confirm or deny something if they're accused. He


hasn't. Maybe that's it. I find it a bit odd that asked whether he was


going to take his partner, who is the First Lady to America, he said,


"Well, I've jet to decide." It seems odd. OK. Thank you both. You'll be


back in an hour to look at the headlines. Many thanks for that.


Stay with us, because at the top of the hour, for the first time in four


years, inflation has fallen to the Bank of England's 2% rate, so for a


lot of people that could be good news. Labour are saying that we are


lagging far behind. Stay with us for that, but now it's Sportsday.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Katie Gornall. Coming up - we'll


have all the results from an eventful night in the FA Cup, as


Norwich's season goes from bad to worse at Craven


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